For the Bible Tells Me So

For the Bible Tells Me So

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Director: Daniel Karslake

Cast: Daniel Karslake, Genevieve Robinson, Imogene Robinson, Victor Robinson

The place of gay and lesbian congregation and clergy within various Christian denominations has become an increasingly controversial issue in recent decades, and many conservative Christian leaders have justified church polices which limit the participation of homosexuals in the church (as well as support of legislation against gay marriage or civil rights for gays)


The place of gay and lesbian congregation and clergy within various Christian denominations has become an increasingly controversial issue in recent decades, and many conservative Christian leaders have justified church polices which limit the participation of homosexuals in the church (as well as support of legislation against gay marriage or civil rights for gays) by citing certain passages of the Holy Bible. But what do these passages really mean? How accurate is their translation from the original holy texts? And have they been used outside of proper context to justify a political agenda that runs counter to Christian ideals of acceptance and forgiveness? For The Bible Tells Me So is a documentary which looks at the ongoing battle of gays and lesbians to celebrate their faith without denying their sexual preferences. The film includes interviews with a number of conservative Christian families as well as V. Gene Robinson, who became the first officially ordained Anglican bishop; political activist and spiritual leader Bishop Desmond Tutu; and Chrissy Gephardt, the openly lesbian daughter of Congressman Dick Gephardt. For The Bible Tells Me So was directed by Daniel Karslake, longtime producer of the PBS news and public affairs series In The Life.

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Special Features

New interviews with Bishop Gene Robinson and director Daniel Karslake; Film notes; Resource guide

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Genevieve Robinson Participant
Imogene Robinson Participant
Victor Robinson Participant
Isabella "Boo" McDaniel Participant
Brenda Poteat Participant
David Poteat Participant
Tonia Poteat Participant
Randi Reitan Participant
Phil Reitan Participant
Jake Reitan Participant
Britta Reitan Participant
Jane Gephardt Participant
Dick Gephardt Participant
Chrissy Gephardt Participant
Mary Lou Wallner Participant
Archbishop Desmond Tutu Participant
Peter Gomes Participant
Rabbi Brian Zachary Mayer Participant
Dr. Laurence C. Kenne Participant
Irene Monroe Participant

Technical Credits
Daniel Karslake Director,Producer
Tommy Alford Sound/Sound Designer
Scott Anderson Score Composer
Bruce Bastian Executive Producer
Kevin Bond Cinematographer
Gerard Bonnette Sound/Sound Designer
Leonard Chamblee Cinematographer
Tom Fahey Cinematographer
Mark Falstad Cinematographer
Carl Franson Sound/Sound Designer
Robert Greenbaum Executive Producer
Bob Gunter Cinematographer
David Hand Sound/Sound Designer
Guy Hernandez Cinematographer
Heidi Hesse Sound/Sound Designer
Greg Hoerdemann Cinematographer
Michael Huffington Executive Producer
Susan Jacobs Musical Direction/Supervision
Derek Johnston Sound/Sound Designer
Nancy Kennedy Co-producer,Editor
Brian Knappenberger Cinematographer
Keith Lewis Executive Producer
Bruce Liffiton Cinematographer
Mark Maloof Sound/Sound Designer
Jared Manders Cinematographer
James Mathers Cinematographer
Helen Mendoza Co-producer
Kat Patterson Cinematographer
David Poole Sound/Sound Designer
Powerhouse Animation Studios Animator
Dave Roberson Cinematographer
Mike Simon Cinematographer
Mark Suozzo Score Composer
Tyrone Edwards Cinematographer
Rob Van Pragg Cinematographer
Robin Voss Executive Producer
Brad Waigt Cinematographer
Simon Woodward Sound/Sound Designer
Ian Young Cinematographer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- For the Bible Tells Me So
1. Anita [3:53]
2. The Families [14:50]
3. What Does the Bible Say? [5:46]
4. Mary Lou [14:36]
5. Is It a Choice? [4:42]
6. A Long Trip Home [6:46]
7. Sodom and Gomorrah [5:32]
8. Unconditional Love [14:12]
9. Fear [5:31]
10. Affirmation [7:09]
11. Taking a Stand [10:51]
12. Credits [4:49]

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For the Bible Tells Me So 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this for my church secretary homophobic mother :) I watched it before I gave it to her and I was really touched by this film. It shows all the verses in the Bible that people cling to, saying that homosexuality is an abomination. Then it talks about the neighboring verses that say shrimp is an abomination and mixing fabrics is an abomination. It's funny how people single out things they want to believe and ignore the things they don't.
TeddyBear3 More than 1 year ago
I am the Mother of four young adults, three boys and one girl. Two of my sons are gay and have come out about this, four and two years ago. One son struggles, I think, with inner battles more than the other. Both having been raised in a church going family, they have had to overcome obstacles of what the Bible, the Pastor and the church overall says about them. They both also know that their father, my exhusband, doesn't accept that a gay lifestyle is the "right" way to live. Thankfully, I was raised in a nonjudgmental family with understanding for all. Having myself, been raised in this same church, I am saddened at the strong stance they continue to take against my two gay sons. I originally purchased the first two copies, at the request of my son. One for him and one for me. I've shown the video to my parents and my husband who found it helpful. After seeing how informative it was, I loaned my copy to their father, to see if more understanding on the subject might bridge a gap. The jury is still out on that. I have since, purchased yet one more copy to loan to whomever might need it. This documentary is very well done. I think that everyone struggling with this subject or not should see this film. It helps dispel many myths and misunderstandings that people have about gays. Always my biggest question to folks is, "Who in the world, would CHOOSE to be gay?" My kids are beautiful, and I Love them all equally. Hopefully, hearts are changing all over our great country. Thank You for this opportunity.
JKIM1 More than 1 year ago
If your child states himself as a homosexual, but you are a devoted Christian, would you accept your child, or detest him as a sinner? For the Bible Tells me So depicts the stories of five Christian families with lesbian or gay child and records their reaction towards their children's sexuality based on their religious faith. Several passages in the bible classify homosexuality as a sin: For example, Leviticus 18: 22 says "Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman: that is abomination". The parents with devoted Christian faith therefore believe that in the eyes of God, their child is a detestable sinner. So as a parent, should they accept their children, or turn away as God did? The film director Gene Robinson states through this movie that this literal interpretation of "abomination" is covering the eyes of many Christians, and what the Bible was trying to say was not to criticize homosexuality. After all, the Bible states that all loving relationships are honored in the bible, although the chapter of Leviticus discourages sexual relationship with families. However the film sends the message across that interpreting the bible in the literal way leads to disgustingly misleading understandings, such as to hate homosexuality. The choice of sex affection is not a choice for a gay or a lesbian, but something that comes innately. To innately hate a human being goes against the Bible, and the film implies that hatred against homosexuality is not what the Bible is trying to get across. The film sends this message across by interviewing five families— some with loving stories, and some with tragic endings. The Reitans family, although Christian, were homosexual advocates. This family takes a part of Focus on the Family, and their child Jason goes against the Focus on Family and accuses them of teaching that Bible rejects gay and lesbians. The Mary Lou Wallner family was against their daughter, Anna's sexual preference. They told Anna that homosexuality clearly was a sin and that they were not willing to accept her. Anna, not accepted by her own family and dumped by her lesbian girlfriend, eventually commits suicide. The Mary Lou then finally learns from their daughter's suicide and stands up for gay and lesbian rights. The Poteat Family was the family that was in between: they did not support their daughter's affection towards women, but did not reject her but welcomed her every time she came to their houses. As such, there were a lot of different reactions from Christian families towards homosexuality with their children: God forbids, but it's their family. The families go through the same dilemma, but the different ways of accepting how their child is led to different results: a happy family, or a suicide. It is when the literal interpretation of the bibl leads to a terrible misunderstanding. Excessive faith can lead to blindness, and with faith there must be proper knowledge. For example, although people now define abomination as "disgust", at the time when the scripture was written, abomination had a somewhat different meaning of "violation to rituality", which included a lot of other things as trivial as eating some specific food. And throughout the bible Jesus never says anything about homosexuality, and it is too extreme to believe that God forbids homosexuality, ironically when he stated that all forms of love is equal. This movie heartbreakingly portrays the efforts of gays and lesbians to equal their preference with the heterosexuals, and the various different reactions from the five Christian families and thus portraying that the Bible actually does not state that homosexuality is a sin. This movie is highly recommended, especially if you are a Christian who strongly detest homosexuality, or a gay or lesbian yourself who are afraid of revealing yourself because of how other people will think of you as a Christian. Remember, you didn't have a choice, and it is not a sin. It's just the same as how a man loves a woman. The movie, although a documentary, mixes the perfect balance of facts and emotions and delivers a powerful message towards the oblivious and excessively bible-faithful Christians in the world.
Queengeek More than 1 year ago
While the movie is engaging, it's also infuriating at times. The obvious response to Christian homophobia is quite simple...stop being a Christian. That would also be the same answer to Jewish and Muslim homophobia. Leave religion. People walk away from religion every day, and their lives are better for it. It's important to be aware that there are religious people who embrace homosexuality (to an extent), but they're a small minority, overwhelmed by the bigoted majority. If the people profiled in FOR THE BIBLE TELLS ME SO, and their supporters, were to simply leave their churches en masse, that would send a message their clergies couldn't ignore, and their doors would open much, much sooner. But the movie becomes so irritatingly apologetic (offering excuses for what their "holy" books actually say) I could only shake my head in exasperation. Trust me, I understand it's difficult to walk away from one's religion; but in the final analysis, it's what needs to be done.
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So the Christian Church doesn't approve of Homosexuality. So what?
Next time do a documentary on what it is like being a homosexual Muslim, the problem is that it would be incredibly hard to find such an individual that is currently living in a Muslim dominated country,such as Iran or Syria. As irritating as the Christian Church can be, you are still protected in America and the UK. At least you have the freedom of your life. Regardless of the Prop.8 fiasco.